NEW DELHI: Soon after cancellation of the CBSE Board exams, human resource development minister
, in a open letter to parents and students, stated that while “extraordinary decisions in extraordinary circumstances” are being taken, there will be no compromise on the health and safety of the children and their future.
He expressed happiness at the apex court accepting the government’s proposal of cancelling the exams and approving the Board’s
new assessment scheme
. “I salute your tenacity, patience, perseverance about how you are dealing with the Covid crisis. I assure you that under the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi our team is committed to you and childrens’ welfare, happiness and prosperity. I am thankful to the Supreme Court, our Prime Minister and home minister for accepting our proposal for not holding the examinations of Class XII from
to 15th July and to place the discretion in the hands of the students to take a decision based on the methodology of assessment as decided by CBSE or decide to choose to write the exam again when the situation is conducive, if they wish so.”
In his letter, Pokhriyal explained the whole process that led to the decision and assured that the future of the students will not be allowed to suffer. “First, we spoke with
, secretaries of various states regarding issues about education. The commitment shown by the ministers for the education of various states has been undeniably commendable. Responding to their concerns and understanding of the adversities, MHRD and CBSE believe that given the present circumstances, it will be difficult to conduct the examinations from 1st July to 15th July 2020 across the country as health, safety and security of children is the priority.”
He also appreciated the reluctance of parents to send their children to the examination centres. “Though the times are perplexing, MHRD will leave no stone unturned to facilitate a stress-free and conducive environment for quality learning,” he said.